The 10 Best Barefoot Hiking Boots & Shoes for Outdoorsy Folks

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A top down view of two pairs of feet wearing barefoot hiking boots and standing on muddy ground with the test "The Best Barefoot Hiking Boots, Anya's Reviews" written over it
The Best Barefoot Hiking Boots & Shoes – Updated for 2023

Serious hiking calls for serious shoes. But if you are committed to healthy feet you might want barefoot hiking boots that let your toes and ankles move more freely than your typical stiff, narrow hiking shoe.

In this article I review 10 of the best barefoot hiking boot & shoe brands, all of which I personally own and hike in.

Read on for the lowdown on barefoot hiking shoes that are zero drop, flexible, and wide.

The Best Barefoot Hiking Boots Available

This isn’t just a collection of links – I own and hike in all of the barefoot hiking boots and shoes here. After years of testing and hundreds of barefoot shoes in my closet, I am confident these are the absolute best barefoot hiking boots on the market, no matter where you are in the world. Hiking just feels so much better when I’m in barefoot hiking boots!

Psst, if you’re looking for barefoot boots for every day, check this review out!

Here is what I look for in my barefoot hiking shoes:

  1. Zero drop sole (totally flat from heel to toe)
  2. An anatomical toe box shape (space for all my toes!)
  3. A thin flexible sole (though sometimes I go for a thick sole for weather protection/durability)

These features are inherently different from your typical hiking shoe that weighs a ton and barely bends. Let blisters be a thing of the past! Barefoot hiking boots let your feet move naturally while still protecting you from the elements. For more tips on fitting hiking boots, here is a guide from Terradrift.

Take a segue to learn why I only wear “barefoot” shoes

Ok, on to the best barefoot hiking shoes on the market!


Vivobarefoot Tracker

A collage of 3 different great barefoot hiking boots from Vivobarefoot - The Tracker

Lugs | Waterproof | Speed Hooks | Leather | $240 | Sizes US W5.5 – M15

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No one does outdoor shoes like Vivobarefoot. The Vivobarefoot Tracker is an excellent durable barefoot hiking boot with a waterproofed exterior (in some models), lugs for traction, and a removable thermal insole. They’re the best combination of barefoot feel with function.

While the Trackers boots are extremely functional and durable, they feel a little stiff at first for a barefoot hiking boot and take breaking in. We have multiple pairs in our house that are several years old and I can confidently attest to them becoming soft and flexible.

The Vivobarefoot Tracker comes with three different outsole types.

A collage showing the 3 different tread types available from Vivobarefoot's good barefoot hiking boots

Here you can see the different outdoor soles in order of their grip and durability. The FG and FG 2 outsoles work perfectly for the hiking and playing we do, while the Esc sole is extra rugged and durable (a little beefier than I really need). They are a great choice if you do high mileage and/or extreme terrain.

My husband wears his Tracker FG hiking boots for snow (swap out the insole for a sheepskin one if you plan to do this) and even to work with business casual pants. I wear my FG’s for hiking whenever it’s cold and wet and my Decons with the FG2 sole the rest of the time. They have held up very well and are extremely functional! You can read my full Vivobarefoot Tracker FG review here.

Sizing & Fit

Read this post to learn all about foot type and how to measure your feet!

  • Runs true to size
  • Fits average to narrow width feet best
  • Medium volume over the arch (try the Tracker Esc if you have high volume feet)

My husband and I have our normal size in all our Vivobarefoot hiking shoes & boots except for the Tracker FG, that one we both sized up in.

a close up of a hand holding a rolled up vivobarefoot tracker in brown

Be Lenka Barefoot

Leather | Waterproof Option | $179 | Sizes EU 33-47

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off your Be Lenka purchase. They only accept returns from the EU and USA.

Also available at Anya’s Shop in the US!

Be Lenka barefoot has two excellent hiking shoes. The first is the Be Lenka Ranger. This is a fleece lined, waterproof boot with a durable upper and rugged non-slip sole. I am loving everything about these, from their high quality materials, to the extra spacious toe box, to the warm fleece lining (I do a lot of cold weather hiking). These are easily my #1 choice for a cold weather hiking boot, but aren’t as practical year round – which is where the Vivobarefoot Tracker takes the cake. The Ranger can double as a snow boot too!

If you need a barefoot trail shoe for warmer weather, the Be Lenka Trailwalkers are wonderful. These barefoot hikers are extremely comfortable and have great grip. Not to mention the incredible amount of toe space and excellent quality. I’ve banged up my ankle bones a few times in them on rocky hikes (the perils of not covering your ankles!), but I still prefer them when the weather is warm because of how light and and comfortable they are.

The tread is not deep, which actually helps keep mud from collecting in the grooves, and they’ve kept me steady even on loose rock and gravel. They come with an optional insole for some cushion or a better fit if you have low volume feet. Without the insole they are only 4mm thick! Overall, these are exactly what I’m looking for in a barefoot hiking shoe: practical, but my feet still feel free.

A side by side of two barefoot hiking boots from Be Lenka rolled up to show its flexibility - the Ranger and the Trailwalker

Sizing & Fit

  • Runs slightly small.
  • Fits wide to extra wide feet.
  • The Trailwalkers are high volume.
  • The Rangers are medium volume
A side by side of the outsoles of two different barefoot hiking shoes from Be Lenka - the Ranger and the Trailwalker

Xero Shoes

A foot wearing Xero Shoes Scrambler Mid Barefoot hiking boots on a mossy wet rock

Lugs | Water Resistant | Speed Hooks | Vegan | $169 | Sizes US W5-M15

The Xero Scrambler Mid is my FAVORITE hiking shoe from Xero to date. It’s soft, comfortable, and yet extremely functional. I love them for spring and fall hiking because the upper is breathable and light.

The lugs on the Scrambler Mid were effective at keeping me stable while hiking, and the sole is a great balance of being flexible while still having effective traction.

Xero’s hiking boots can be on the stiffer side, and I’ve had some trouble with certain models irritating my heel in the past (if you have wide feet and sensitive heels then avoid the Xcursion boot!). But the Scrambler Mid is really comfortable for me and I highly recommend them. If you are looking instead for a fully waterproof option, I would check out the Ridgeway.

Read my full review of the Xero Scrambler Mid for all the deets.

And if you’re looking for a barefoot hiking shoe instead of a boot, I recommend either the Scrambler Low or the Mesa Trail from Xero! They are similarly soft and breathable.

a side view of a pair of feet standing on dirt and leaves wearing Xero Shoes Mesa II lightweight trail hiking barefoot shoe in blue vegan showing the lugs and tread

Sizing & Fit

  • Runs true to size
  • Runs medium to wide width.
  • Works for most foot volumes from low to high

Lems Boulder Boot Grip

Waterproof | Leather | Sizes US W6-M15

European readers can purchase some Lems models at Mugavik Barefoot and use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off

The waterproof Lems Boulder Boot Grip is a new variation on their original Boulder, and they are everything I wished for! Classic styling, a soft leather upper, and a grippy outsole that has better traction on and off the trails.

The tongue is gusseted to keep water and debris out, and the sole is thicker than a lot of other barefoot hiking boots (13 mm without insole) so you have some protection from the ground. This also makes the Boulder Boot Grip functional as a light work boot! There is a removable insole if you need more space, and you can swap it out for a sheepskin one to stay extra cozy.

Sizing & Fit

  • Runs small – They have a reliable sizing guide, so follow that.
  • Fits wide feet.
  • Square shaped toe box.

One thing I love about Lems shoes is that they have a lot of space above the toes, which makes them feel very roomy without being too big on the rest of the foot.


Freet Barefoot

Freet Tundra, a zero drop flexible hiking boot in black being worn on wet leaves
Freet Tundra (vegan)

Water Resistant | Speed Hooks | Vegan & Leather Options | $130-$230 | Sizes EU 37-48

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Freet Barefoot has several barefoot hiking boots and shoes that function excellently, including vegan options! The hallmark feature of Freet Barefoot boots is that they are soft immediately without needing much break in time. They are the lightest option I’ve tried, and the soles can be as thin as 4mm without the insole.

Another big plus about Freet Barefoot is it their shoes have an excellent foot shape with plenty of space for all toes. I also appreciate that they go to great lengths to produce barefoot shoes that are ethically made using sustainable materials. And finally, after my code AnyaFreet10 for 10% off they have far and away the cheapest options out there. For the durability and comfort you get, these are a great find in the world of barefoot hiking shoes.

Close up of Freet Mudee, a vegan barefoot hiking boot, standing on dry leaves.
Freet Mudee (vegan)

One complaint about Freet shoes is that the interior is heavily padded and it can be kind of bulky around the ankle. They don’t rub or cause blisters though! The vegan waterproof options can also get hot and sweaty in warmer weather because they don’t breathe. They feel great in cooler temps and definitely with socks (or you’ll be in sweat city), but f you’re looking for something to hike in that is more breathable, I would check out the Botee M, the Feldom or the Ibex.

Sizing & Fit

  • The boots run a bit small, but it varies between models so consult the sizing & fit description for each model before ordering.
  • Fits wide feet.
  • Square shaped toe box.
  • Works for all foot volumes.

For more details on Freet’s sizing & fit, read my in-depth Freet Review.


Softstar Switchback

Side view close up of Softstar Switchback hiking boots outside.

Lugs| Waterproof | Speed Hooks | Fabric, Leather & Wool | $240 | Sizes US 5U-13U

The Softstar Switchback is a barefoot hiking boot with some amazing specs. It comes in two widths and two different material options. Mine are Wide, and they are SUPER wide! They are by far the widest hiking boot I’ve tried. The Regular Switchback’s are narrower and have a more tapered shape to them (see photo below).

These boots are made with Vibram’s Megagrip sole and have serious traction and durability – it should last for many, many miles. And if it does wear out, you can have it resoled by a professional cobbler. The interior is lined with a thin wool. The exterior on mine is Super Fabric, an extremely durable, waterproof, and yet breathable material. There also is an all leather version, which will mold more to your foot than Super Fabric.

I am finding them comfortable and practical, and I hiked miles in them the first wear without any discomfort! But be advised, these boots fit low to medium volume over the arch. That means if you need a lot of vertical space above your foot/have high arches you might feel cramped! Fortunately they’ve added more toe room, so it’s really just over the arch that can feel tight.

The sole is thick, so you don’t really feel the ground in them, but they are flexible and I still feel connected to the earth.

Sizing & Fit

  • Runs true to size.
  • Fits extra wide.
  • Square shaped toe box.
  • Low volume fit.

If you choose regular width these will be more average width.


Joe Nimble WanderToes 2.0

Close up of Joe Nimble Wandertoes 2.0 stepping on a log.

Lugs | Water Resistant | Speed Hooks | Leather |$199 | Sizes EU 35-48

The Joe Nimble WanderToes 2.0 is a rugged, water resistant minimalist hiking boot with a super grippy sole. This boot has excellent traction!

The tongue is fully gusseted to keep water and dirt out, and it can be cinched or expanded depending on the volume of your feet (major bonus). There is a tough microfiber toe guard to protect your toes and the material of the shoe from scuffs, and the rest of the upper is a soft, water resistant leather.

The truth is, I love everything about this shoe except for one thing. The sole is quite stiff. It bends, but it takes effort, and the reinforced heel cup rubs my heel. It also comes with an insole that is not zero drop (it adds a 3mm heel rise) so you need to remove it and replace it with a barefoot insole to be a true barefoot hiking boot.

If you are someone who needs traction over flexibility for intense terrain, this is your shoe. But if you’re looking for a real barefoot feel, I would go with something else in this list..

A vegan option, the WanderToes Lite, is now available at Joe Nimble International.

Sizing & Fit

  • True to size.
  • Fit wide feet.
  • Works for all foot volumes.
  • Fits sloped or plateau-shaped feet best.

Altra Lone Peak

Close up front side view of Altra Lone Peek zero drop minimalist trail running shoes

Water Resistant Options | Vegan | Sizes Kids 13 – US Men’s 16

The Lone Peak from Altra is a well loved zero drop trail and hiking shoe line that features a thicker sole than you usually find on barefoot shoes. I tend to prefer my thinner and more minimal barefoot hiking boots, but I can appreciate the quality of Altra Lone Peak shoes. They have several different toe box widths depending on which you get, and a full range of sizes from youth to the biggest of men’s sizes. They also have some over the ankle options that would be more boot-like than the Lone Peak 5 that I have.

Many ultra runners and hikers use Altras and swear by them, the thick sole can be a life saver at those distances. Lots of barefoot newbies also really appreciate the extra bit of cushion, and the variety of sizes and toe box widths make Altra easy for people to access. So even though you can’t really feel the ground in Lone Peaks, they have a valuable place in the barefoot hiking shoes scene.

Sizing & Fit

  • Runs true to size, but if in between go up.
  • Fits wide toes, and even comes in a wider width.
  • Square shaped toe box.
  • Fan-shaped (they narrow at the arch and heel).

Feelmax Kuva

Lugs | Waterproof | Speed Hooks | Leather | €190 | Sizes EU 36-48

Feelmax is a Finnish brand and the Kuuva is their flagship product. They are a fabulous barefoot hiking boot. The sole is durable and slightly stiff, but thin and the quality is undeniable. They are waterproof and come up high on the ankle to keep water out. They have a tall toe box and work well for high volume feet, but I was also able to cinch them close around my shallow arches. My only complaint is that the high collar restricts my ankle motion when hiking. I sized up one so I could wear thick socks, and I am glad I did because of the stiffness of the material.

But the Kuuva gets 5 stars for quality and they meet all the barefoot requirements.


Zaqq Expeq

Waterproof | Speed Hooks | Vegan Options | $170 | Sizes EU 36-49

The Zaqq Expeq is the most flexible barefoot hiking boot on the market. The sole is slip resistant, and the upper is leather (though there are vegan options!) with a lightweight lining. These aren’t the most durable barefoot boots by any means, but they are extremely comfortable and get the job done. Zaqq shoes fit medium width and are true to size.

I am the type of hiker who would rather have a soft, flexible shoe that might wear out a little quicker than use a shoe that rubs my heel or feels uncomfortable. For that reason the Expeq still ranks highly for me! Just be aware that more serious hikers might want to look at another option on this list.


Barefoot Hiking Boots Comparison Table

Here is a quick look at the specs of the barefoot hiking boots & shoes in this review.

Vivobarefoot TrackerFreet MudeeJoe Nimble WanderToesXero XcursionLem's Boulder
a close up of a pair of vivobarefoot trackers in brown sitting on concrete for the best barefoot minimalist hiking boots reviewa close up of a pair of freet mudee vegan in brown sitting on concrete for the best barefoot minimalist hiking boots reviewa close up of a pair of Joe nimble wandertoes in black sitting on concrete for the best barefoot minimalist hiking boots reviewA top down view of a person wearing Xero Xcursion barefoot hiking boots climbing on rocks.a close up of a pair of lems waterproof boulder boots in brown leather sitting on concrete for the best barefoot minimalist hiking boots review
Lugs
Waterproof~Resistant~Resistant
Speed Hooks
Vegan
Removable Insole
Stack Height11.5mm
-8mm w/o insole
7mm
-4mm w/o insole
10mm w/o insole
*insole adds 3mm + another 3mm heel rise*
14mm
-12mm w/o insole
13mm
-10mm w/o insole
Price$2401$1492$2393$160$165

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Which Barefoot Hiking Boots Are The Widest?

Curious which barefoot hiking shoes are the most wide? See below 10 barefoot hiking shoes in order from narrowest to widest, starting with the Xero Shoes Xcursion and ending with the Softstar Switchback in wide.

6 barefoot hiking boot brand collage showing top down and outsole view of Xero, Zaqq, Vivobarefoot, Joe Nimble, and Feelgrounds
5 barefoot hiking boot brand collage showing top down and outsole view for Altra, Freet, Lems, Be Lenka, and Softstar
Barefoot Hiking Boots in order from narrowest to widest! Top left is most narrow, bottom right is most wide.

Everyone will experience width differently, but I did my best to generalize it here. Keep in mind that this is organized by width in the toe box.

More Barefoot Hiking Boots

If you want to check out a few more options, here are more barefoot hiking boots!

More Barefoot Hiking Shoes

If you’d prefer to hike in a barefoot shoe, instead of a full on boot, check out some of these trail shoes.

Kids Barefoot Hiking Boots

Vivobarefoot kid's barefoot shoes Fulham boot

In my experience, barefoot hiking boots for kids is often not necessary unless they are serious little mountain goats. With their center of gravity so close to the ground, additional tread often doesn’t add more stability. So we focus more on durability and water resistance when choosing practical hiking shoes for my kids.

A photo of a child's feet wearing kids barefoot shoes as they climb in a tree with the text "The Best Barefoot Shoes for Kids, Anya's Reviews" thumbnail

This post is where you can learn all about the Best Barefoot Shoes for Kids, which we use for hiking and play.

But if your kids do more serious hiking, here are a few barefoot hiking shoe options for kids.

  • Vivobarefoot Fulham, Lumi, & Primus Trail – 10% off with code VBANYA10 for 10% off
  • Freet Mudee 10% off with code AnyaFreet10) . This one comes in and out of stock.
  • Be Lenka Xplorer – Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off

Barefoot Hiking Boots Review Conclusion

Whether you’re a casual weekend hiker or are doing serious ultras distances, there are barefoot friendly hiking boots that still getting the job done. Because even the most durable options in this list still have a zero drop sole and wide toe box.

I hike weekly in barefoot shoes, so you can expect this review of the 10 best barefoot hiking boots to continue to be updated with any new options that come to the market (or if over time my thoughts change). I am always testing and reviewing barefoot shoes to help you find what best option for your feet and your lifestyle!

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198 thoughts on “The 10 Best Barefoot Hiking Boots & Shoes for Outdoorsy Folks”

  1. Hi Anya,
    I’m looking for a low shoe for hiking (similar to the Be Lenka Trailwalker) for a very wide, mid/high volume, fan shaped foot. I have several Be Lenka boots that fit if I size up one and change the insoles because the weird shape of the original ones is uncomfortable, but the Trailwalker sole is a tiny bit narrower than the boot soles, which is too narrow for me.
    Did you test the hiking shoes Barebarics offers (Wanderer, Voyager)? And what are your thoughts on the Freet Howgill? (I have and love the Pace sneaker)
    I’d love some waterproofness, but at this point I’d take any shoe that fits my frustratingly weird foot shape!
    Thank you for your reviews, they have helped me so much in finally finding shoes I feel comfortable with!

    1. I just got my first pair of Barebarics hiking shoes and put them on – I found they ran a little small so I need a bigger size. But the overall shape seemed similar to other Barebarics. Have you tried the Trailwalker, or are you referring to the size chart? Because Be Lenka boots feel narrower than the Trailwalker because of the sole and construction. The Trailwalker sole sits under the shoe and the upper spreads out a bit on top. Freet Howgill I also just recently received and have sitting next to me in the living room right now, haha. So this summer I’ll be readjusting this review in light of these new models that have come out. Just need to test them first!

      1. Yeah, I’ve ordered the Trailwalker, tried them on, and they just don’t feel right. Maybe it’s the shape, but they feel very narrow compared to my other Be Lenkas. The Rangers are a way better fit for me.
        I’ve never tried Barebarics at all, so I’m hesitant. I’ve ordered so many shoes to then return them or sell them, it’s annoying.

    1. Hi Sandy, we try to review options from most places since we have readers all over the world (but are based in the US, and therefore most of our readers are as well). Be sure to check out all the brands and retailers available to you in the UK. You can find the list in this Brands By Region article.

  2. Hi, after reading quite a few posts from your blog, I’m now hesitating between the Vivobarefoot boots you mentioned here and the Lems Chelsea (blundstones type). Do you have any advice to help me decide ? Thanks !

    1. Hi, for actual hiking I’d go with Vivobarefoot as they have better lugs on the outsole. The fit is also quite different. Vivobarefoot is more average width “fan-shaped” while Lems is wider and more of a straight fit.

  3. Dear Anya,
    I am a religious reader of your blog since I first learned about barefoot shoes 6 months ago. Since then I’ve been obsessively reading everything I can about the barefoot shoe lifestyle, reviews, scientific studies, etc. I’ve now come to a point where I refuse to wear traditional shoes and can’t bear to sacrifice functionality, foot and body health. However, this dogmatic approach has led me to be very lost and confused when I comes to hiking boots and safety. I’ve read many of your reviews and posts and also read descriptions from companies like vivo, groundies, Xero, Lems, etc…and there doesn’t seem to a consensus on the idea of protection. Vivo says you don’t need as much protective as most people think (https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/blog/the-bare-truth-about-hiking-boots), whereas Lems and Xero seem to have a much more stiff sole and shoe in general for…well protection against more rugged terrains. On one hand stiffness protects against rocks debris on a tough hike but on the other hand, proprioception loss can increase risk of injury like twisted ankles and increase fatigue….and it’s just plain fun to be so agile and alert!

    I recently went on a 5 day excursion in the alps where the trails were very rugged, often broken, steep (and broken), muddy, snowy (and steep simultaneously), wet, and etc. I learned quite a bit, notably that my barefoot hiking shoe of choice didn’t suffice: Vivo Tracker Textile FG2 Women’s

    I had many fellow hikers tell me I needed to have a stiff sole to be able to hike safely in such conditions…is this true? The areas where I experienced trouble were not having enough traction for steep snowy slopes, muddy slopes, and the boot edges (front, side, and heel) not being pointy enough to ram into the snow or mud to gain a foot hole if I needed to climb down something vertical. On the other hand there are so many features I loved about my boot. For example, my feet were literally never tired (the rugged rock terrain felt more like a massage than painful and dangerous). However, I can see that maybe the upper of the shoe being so light could be dangerous if heavy debris rammed or fell onto my feet (are traditional hiking boots more stiff there?). I felt incredibly agile…and although I would prefer not to die on a dangerous hike, I don’t want to sacrifice all the positives. Are the negatives of a barefoot boot even true, or merely misconceptions as the vivo post (“the bare truth about hiking boots,”) suggests?

    Now I’m trying to find a boot that solves the problems I experienced in the aforementioned conditions. Do you have any recommendations? The shoes I’ve been researching are:

    VIVO
    https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/tracker-forest-esc-womens-aw22?colour=Forest%20Bracken
    https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/magna-forest-esc-womens-ss23?colour=Obsidian-Lime
    (does the magna forest esc merely offer a bit less ankle protection from rocks than the tracker forest esc?)

    XERO
    Xero has so many models…I wasn’t sure which version has the most traction.

    LEMS
    https://www.lemsshoes.com/collections/lems-trail-shoes/products/womens-outlander-waterproof-boot
    https://www.lemsshoes.com/collections/lems-trail-shoes/products/womens-boulder-summit-waterproof?variant=40017820745786
    https://www.lemsshoes.com/collections/lems-trail-shoes/products/womens-boulder-boot-grip-waterproof?variant=40061992730682

    What brand and models would you recommend to me considering that I want something that can work for extreme terrain…and where functionality, comfort, and safety are my top priorities. I apologize for the long email, but I’ve very much come to rely and trust your opinion on such matters.

    1. I understand your concerns and I think that it really comes down to how you’re using the shoes and what you want out of them. I think it’s true that most people need less protection than they are being told, but you also want to be safe in the terrain (with hiking and sport shoes the needs can be very specific). Vivo boots are designed for outdoor use and if your feet feel great in the thin soles then it may be that you just need one of the other options they carry, like the Tracker Forest Esc which has deeper lugs and a grippier sole. The only thing you wouldn’t get from a barefoot boot is the hard pointy edges for ramming into snow or mud on steep inclines. So I guess it comes down to whether or not the increased agility and proprioception you got from the flexible soles is giving you the stability you need, or if stiffer soles are a must for that specific terrain.

  4. Hi!

    Something I haven’t seen is a men’s workboot that is actually foot-shaped but steel toe. My husband works on a farm and is used to wearing redwing boots or slip-on square toe cowboy boots but they’re destroying his feet!

  5. I’m a hiker that developed tarsal tunnel syndrome with super supportive hiking shoes. Long story short, I found that Vivobarefoot hiking boots solved the problem. Can’t wear any shoes that press against the tarsal tunnel area or have arch support. Have been a happy hiker with my Vivobarefoot boots for 18 months but have now developed severe osteoarthritis in my right big toe with the left on its way. My podiatrist recommends stiff soles. I’ve read your article about wide toe boxes and stiffer soles, but can’t determine which shoes would be best. What’s a girl to do? Any recommendations, please?

    1. Altra Lone Peak is a great shoe with a more rigid sole but lots of toe space. It is a good one to start with! Also Joe Nimble’s Trail Addict is another good one, but not a full boot. And finally, a newer one that I haven’t yet fully reviewed is the Barebarics Trekker. All 3 have plenty of toe space but a thicker more rigid sole. Other option – keep your Vivo boots and get an insole that your podiatrist recommends. If you are in pain, it’s a good idea to try to figure out a combo that keeps you moving. And maybe take a look at your foot and lower leg strength as a long term support.

  6. I wish you included some information on waterproofness. For those of us who hike in wet climates, waterproof boots are sadly an absolute must if you wanna stay comfortable. And with barefoot shoes, this seems to be a huge weak point. I have yet to find a barefoot hiking boot that is actually waterproof.

    Altra Lone Peak is/was amazing, but the quality has sadly gone drastically downhill. They stay waterproof for just a few months, then they start leaking like a sieve.

    And as a side note: The Lems boots has absolutely horrible traction, they would be straight up dangerous to use if you got steep, wet rock faces, roots, mud or other slippy surfaces.

    1. The Lems boot you reference, is that the Boulder Boot grip that was released last fall? Because the original Boulder boot was totally slippery and I didn’t recommend it for hiking. But the new version with the grip sole has been fantastic for me.

      Re: waterproofness, I shared if they were water resistant or not but otherwise didn’t talk about it unless I found a big issue. Basically all waterproof things will only last a certain amount of time before they start leaking. And because barefoot shoes are flexible and have extra pressure points, it shortens the lifespan of membranes even further.

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